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Zola Jesus
Bittles' Magazine/Neu/Platte

Music To Beat those Brexit Blues: September New Album Reviews

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

With Brexit looming ever closer, and the idiots in society having, somehow, taken control, we need escapism now more than ever. Cause let’s face it, with the media indulging in ever more divisive rhetoric, Trump and Kim Jong-un having a nuclear pissing contest, and Robbie Williams being an ongoing concern, it seems that reality has nothing to offer but misery and dismay. By JOHN BITTLES

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High On Apfelwein Once Again

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

The thing about house music is that you can have all the technical expertise in the world yet only make songs which are tepid and limp. Without heart and soul any electronic track is nothing more than a succession of bleeps and beats. Two people who understand this concept all too well are Fabrizio Mammarella and Phillip Lauer. By JOHN BITTLES

TTTs - Althaea
Bittles' Magazine/Platte

Words Don’t Come Easy: New Album Reviews

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

After a summer filled with festivals, the act of listening to music in the sanctuary of your own home can appear a little strange. For a while every summer I briefly conclude that the best way to appreciate the bands or DJs that you love is while standing in a mud strewn field with ten thousand other people while the rain lashes down on your head. By JOHN BITTLES

Porter Ray
Bittles' Magazine/Platte

2017: The Albums Of The Year So Far

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

This week I have taken it upon myself to highlight, in no particular order, some of the albums released in the first half of 2017 which have forced me to crack a smile, and convinced me that getting out of bed isn’t a complete waste of time. By JOHN BITTLES

The Story Of Whatness: An Interview With Anton Kubikov

The Story Of Whatness

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

Since launching in 1998 Cologne label Kompakt have proven themselves masters of melody-rich techno, dance floor bangers, and pop-tinged house. Yet, as the imprint’s revered Pop Ambient series of albums attests, they are often at their very best when they lessen the pace. By JOHN BITTLES

Clovelly EP
Bittles' Magazine

Heavy Disco & Liquid Love: Record Reviews

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

It’s a shame how difficult it is to buy a 12-inch single these days. Just go into your local HMV or Saturn and try to purchase one, it’s harder than Batman in a bad mood. Not every town or city has a specialist dance music store willing to take a chance and stock singles, and while the chains have largely expanded their vinyl sections they concentrate on albums rather than short, sharp bursts of joy. By JOHN BITTLES

Monika Werkstatt
Bittles' Magazine/Platte

Our Love Is Dust: New Album Reviews

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

Now that festival season is firmly upon us it can be hard to find music prepared to take chances, experiment, or which has a sense of emotional depth. Short DJ sets, unimaginative selectors, and impatient crowds mean that subtlety and nuance can be overlooked in the search for the next chant-a-long, or hands in the air anthem. This week I will be highlighting some music you are unlikely to hear at Space or Glastonbury, but which will challenge you and light up your day. By JOHN BITTLES

Michael Mayer_DJKicks
Bittles' Magazine/Platte

Aural Stimulation For Distracted Minds

Music | Bittles’ Magazine: The music column from the end of the world

Good music should please the listener, cozying up to them like an old friend. Great music should challenge our prejudices, taking us down avenues and through landscapes which, alone, we would fear to tread. In this week’s article I will be reviewing some new music which challenges perceptions, gets us dancing, and will, hopefully, linger long in the mind. By JOHN BITTLES

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